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UPDATE 2/27/11: Director Kay Smith-Blum is the first school board member to issue an official response to the scandal:
MY LETTER TO THE SCHOOL BOARD
(sent Feb. 25, 2011)
You have a difficult task before you, but clearly it must be done. The superintendent should be fired, along with her CFO Don Kennedy. No buyout. She has already been generously paid by our district for a job poorly done. We cannot afford to lose any more money on this sorry state of affairs.
As a Seattle Public Schools parent, I am appalled by the latest scandal that has defrauded our district of $1.8 million — or more. Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson should have shown more oversight and should have shared her knowledge of the Silas Potter scheme with the board in a more forthright manner. She should have put a stop to it long ago. Why didn’t she?
“Eakes’ report follows, citing failures by Goodloe-Johnson and other top district officials to maintain proper oversight of the program.” – Seattle Times
I have completely lost confidence in the superintendent’s ability to lead our district with integrity and competence. You should have by now as well. Sadly, “Pottergate” is just the latest in a litany of questionable activities, mismanagement, and even ethics scandals that have happened on Goodloe-Johnson’s watch, including at least one that involved the superintendent directly (see: “Seattle School Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson’s ongoing conflicts of interest”), not to mention a damning state audit of the district last year.
The Seattle Public School District motto is: “Excellence for All. Everyone Achieving. Everyone accountable.” Who should be held accountable for this latest mess? Clearly the buck needs to stop with Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson, and that means you the board must act.
Our district deserves better.
Our children deserve better.
And you have a responsibility to them. You need to clean house.
Our district needs new leadership, selected locally, among the existing, respected members of the community, preferably a well-regarded principal, who in turns respects our community, knows and values our schools, programs and children, will be accountable to us all, and will demonstrate a sense of judgment and ethics that is currently shamefully lacking in current SPS leadership.
This is your chance to step up and demonstrate your own good judgment and ethics.